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Death of a friend 
11th-Apr-2005 11:09 pm
Astro: moon
I heard today that a former housemate of mine (and of sionnagh’s) died yesterday, after heart surgery. I hadn’t been in very good touch with her since she moved to California, and didn’t even know until a couple weeks ago that she’d moved back to this coast, but I certainly have very fond memories of her. I don’t believe in an afterlife, but I enjoy the fancy that now she’s feeding Schnapps tunafish somewhere, as in life.

(I don’t like turning off comments, but I don’t need support; I’m fine. I just wanted to mark something important in my life.)
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11th-Apr-2005 11:52 pm (UTC)
I think the thing that turns me off of mainstream Christianity the most is that insistence that only humans have a soul and thus immortal life after death. If I have to live forever, what on earth good is it without animals? To never feel a cat purring again? Terrible.

I would like to spend my afterlife feeding Rosie pancakes. I'm sure she would enjoy it, too.
12th-Apr-2005 12:08 am (UTC)
Mainstream Christianity does not believe this. You might want to read The Great Divorce or The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis, who might clear up some of your misconceptions about mainstream Christianity.

Since I don't want to clutter up beowabbit's post with inappropriate discussion, feel free to e-mail me (dsh at sp-webdesign dot com) if you want to discuss this further.
12th-Apr-2005 12:39 am (UTC)
Catholicism does, which is what serves as the dominant form of Christianity around these parts.
12th-Apr-2005 12:45 am (UTC)
I am about as devout a Catholic layperson as you will find, and you are mistaken.
12th-Apr-2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
See, this is why I didn't want to turn off comments! (No problem chatting here about it.)

So does orthodox Catholicism claim that animals have souls? Or just that there are animals in heaven? Or does Catholicism not claim to know?
12th-Apr-2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
Of course, animal have souls and an afterlife. Otherwise, humans would have no dinner on the other side (and plants must have a soul so that dead human vegetarians can eat in the afterlife).
12th-Apr-2005 11:55 pm (UTC)
WHen I was a kid, my mother told me angels eat the food left on your plate after dinner. I had nightmares about being a hungry angel for years.
12th-Apr-2005 11:54 pm (UTC)
My bishop very specifically told me that animals do not go to heaven because they do not have souls (and only souls go to heaven). He told me that when I got to heaven, I would not care about there not being animals there because of my joy at being with God. I take that as being the official doctine because, well, a bishop said it. But I also take it as being a bunch of idiocy.
12th-Apr-2005 06:51 am (UTC)
you may not need support, but you still have my condolences :)

n.
12th-Apr-2005 07:02 am (UTC)
Kiss!
12th-Apr-2005 08:19 am (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss.

Is it someone other people in the community know?
12th-Apr-2005 08:31 am (UTC)
Not very many, because she moved away a while ago, but you might have bumped into her if you came over to our house on Mission Hill. It’s Regina, our housemate from Mexico City.
12th-Apr-2005 12:16 pm (UTC)
That's very unfortunate.
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